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Weekly Announcements Mar. 31st, 2021

Hello Striders!

It’s been a little bit, but we have some happenings occuring!
First off, start out like we always do:- Congratulations to Amanda Nicole Walker – New Half marathon PR- Congratulations to Jaclyn Hathaway-Rubé – New Half Marathon PR!
If you or someone you know has had a significant race accomplishment, please let me know! stephenrrouleau@gmail.com

GCS Annual Meeting

The following individuals were elected/reelected to the board. The annual report for the club is coming shortly.- President: Stephen Rouleau
Vice President: Christy Kervin
Secretary: Carolina Tumminelli
Membership: Trevor Ward
Communications Director: Carolanne Donovan
Competition Committee: Johanna Newbold
Competition Committee: Tara Towle
At-Large: Rob Fiero
At-Large: Phil Petschek
At-Large: Scott Rogers

GCS Annual Awards

Since we could not gather at the Nashua Country Club this year to honor our award winners this year, we’ve put together a video narrated by Andy Schachat that announces each of our award winners. Please check it out, perhaps you’ll see a few pictures of yourself in the intro slideshows as well. Congratulations to all of the award winners and Hall of Fame inductees! http://gatecity.org/2021-awards-video/

Scholarships

The Gate City Striders is now accepting applications for two $1,000 scholarships! This scholarship is open to high school or college students who will be attending a post-secondary educational institution, including a college, university or vocational school in the fall of 2021. Read all the details and download an application from http://gatecity.org/gate-city-strider-scholarship/ Applications are due May 1st and recipients will be notified by May 19th.http://gatecity.org/gate-city-strider-scholarship/

Gate City Running Festival

While we can’t have the GCS Marathon/Half Marathon this year, come join us on May 16th for a downhill FAST mile race down the Broad St Parkway and a fast out and back 5k.
Register here: http://www.lightboxreg.com/gcsmarathon_2021

GCS/GLRR Challenge

Still have that sour taste in your mouth after we lost the Mill Cities Relay to Greater Lowell by a single point back in 2019? Here’s our chance to win back some redemption. Greater Lowell has challenged us to a team challenge. Teams of 3 will compete for 6 weeks – two individuals will run a 5k, the third will run a 10k. Those results will be submitted each week, and the points will be scored based on age groups like we see at Mill Cities (open (m/f/coed), sub-masters (30-39) (m/f/coed), masters (40+) (m/f/coed), etc). In the end, the points will be added up and a winner will be crowned. There is also an individual component. Everyone is a part of our team here! Start thinking of your teammates, come up with a great name, and stay tuned for more information coming very shortly.

GCS Half Hunt

Grab a fellow teammate and pair up to complete the GCS Half Hunt this April! Run around Nashua and complete the 13.1 listed items while documenting your adventure to complete your Half Hunt. Stay tuned to your email, more information is coming very soon!

New Hampshire Grand Prix

We’re back this year to defend our NHGP title! ALL runners are welcome. Every runner counts, every point counts!
• Virtual Track 5k – Any track, May 1 through July 1. Info to follow.
• Bill Luti 5M – Concord, NH, July 17
• Sandown 5M – Sandown, NH, August 7
• Rail Trail 10k – Lebanon, NH, September, date TBD.
• Manchester Half Marathon – Manchester, NH, November 7 ($5 discount code available)
The NHGP clubs have agreed to adopt a new scoring system on a provisional basis for 2021. The system is designed to encourage more NH clubs to participate in the series, and to be more inclusive to all runners. The NHGP website will be updated in the near future with the details of the provisional scoring system.

Still more to come!

We’re currently working on several items including some in-person activities. We’re developing a plan to have in-person outdoor track following all protocols, Carolina is hard at work figuring out Fitness University this year and the Mine Falls Summer Trail Series race directors are also hard at work developing a plan. There is even a chance we may have a few invitational entries to the Boston Marathon coming as well. We should know more in the next two weeks. Stay tuned! Much more to come!Take care and see you on the roads!


Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders

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Weekly Announcements Jan. 7th, 2021

Good Morning Striders!

Congrats to Angela Upton Poulin on setting a new mile PR at the millenium mile!
If you or someone you know has had a PR or a significant race accomplishment, please let me know!

Freeze your buns 5k virtual
Freeze Your Buns 5k Series started this past weekend! Results are here: http://iresultslive.com/?eid=4913 If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Next race is in just over a week! Link to register is belowhttp://www.lightboxreg.com/fyb_20_2020?mobile=0

Indoor/Virtual Track
First week of workouts are this week! Lea Reilly has a post in the discussion group with comments from the coaches. Stay motivated!5K workout10-12 x 75-seconds fast (45-seconds easy) 5k pace (I-pace, 85-95%MHR)½ Marathon/Marathon workout5-6 x 4-Minutes fast (2-Min easy) 5-10k pace (I-pace, 85-95%MHR – T-pace, 75-85%MHR).http://gatecity.org/2021-indoor-track-workouts/

Let’s Run All the Roads Nashua Challenge!
Johanna Lisle Newbold has challenged us to run every road in the city of Nashua as a club. Find the Run Nashua Mega Thread in the discussion group to see which roads you can run to help achieve this goal!

See you on the roads,

Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders

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Weekly Announcements Dec. 30th, 2020

Good Afternoon Striders!

Congrats to Yuki Minami Chorney for completing her first Ultra post injury! Welcome back!
Congrats to Eric Chorney for his second longest run ever doing the Fat Ass 50k with Yuki!
If you or someone you know has had a PR or a significant race accomplishment, please let me know!

Freeze your buns 5k virtual
Freeze your buns starts this weekend! Get signed up and out running a 5k course of your choosing. Link to register is belowhttp://www.lightboxreg.com/fyb_20_2020?mobile=0

Indoor/Virtual Track
Sadly we can’t have our usual indoor track workouts this year due to Covid, but we will still be posting them for you to do on your own. Track workouts will start the first week in January. Stay tuned to the FB Discussion Group for workout info from our coaching team. Let’s stay motivated!http://gatecity.org/2021-indoor-track-workouts/

Let’s Run All the Roads Nashua Challenge!
Starts January 1, 2021. Johanna Lisle Newbold is putting together a challenge to run every road in the city as a club. She printed out a map of the city so that she can mark off roads as we run them.If you want to join in all I need is:1) Email Me: johanna.newbold@gmail.com with the subject: GCS RUN NASHUA2) include the link(strava, garmin, etc) to your run so that I can zoom in and see the roads you ran. Screenshots may not be large enough for the detail I need. Keep an eye in the discussion group for map updates!

As 2020 comes to a close, I want to wish each and every one of you a safe and happy 2021. Here’s to a return to our normal activities. A return to the track and ice cream nights, a return to group runs and racing, and a return to normalcy.

Stay safe and have a Happy New Year


See you on the roads,
Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders

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Weekly Announcements Dec. 23rd, 2020

Good Morning Striders!

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

Congrats to Thomas Cantara on his Manchester Marathon time being a new State Record for 30 year olds!

If you or anyone you know has had a PR or significant race accomplishment, please let me know!

Freeze your Buns!
Freeze your buns is going virtual at least to start this year (we’re still working with the city to see if we might be able to hold a distant race in the future following protocols). The 5 week series starts the first weekend in January. Sign up here: http://www.lightboxreg.com/fyb_20_2020?mobile=0

Runner of the Month!
Congrats to Thomas Cantara on becoming December’s runner of the month. Read more here: http://gatecity.org/runner-of-the-month/

Virtual Indoor Track!
Indoor track is going to look a little differently this year. With the current climate, we’re unable to rent the dome as usual, so Instead we’ll be posting the workouts here and in your inbox. The coaches will be giving advice and feedback each week. Stay tuned for more!

Executive Board
If you are interested in potentially joining the board and help drive the direction of our club, please reach out to myself or another board member. We are currently looking for a Treasurer and someone to take over the Boston Marathon Bus.

With that, I hope everyone has a safe, healthy, and happy holiday! I look forward to a more prosperous 2021 and hopefully the return to real racing.

Take care!

Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders

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Weekly Announcements Dec. 4th, 2020

Good Morning Striders!

The calm before whatever Mother Nature is bringing us tomorrow!

Congrats to Catherine McNamara for crushing a new 5k PR this past weekend.
If you or anyone you know has run a PR or significant race accomplishment, please let me know!

PAL XC
The season came to a close this past weekend. A huge shout out to all of the kids, volunteers and especially to the coaches who helped out this year. Coaches: Jennifer Jordan, Julie Fraize, Bryon Hebert, Joe Chrisman, Judy Boire, Kate Hasychak, Pat Nelson, Jen Nelson, Danielle Fischer, Lynda Pintrich, Mike Dunham, Fred Daniels, Tom Cassetty, Steve Theodore.
Thank you!

Social Distance Race
On wednesday Social Distance Race Series Director Scott Rogers and myself gave Marguerite’s Place, Inc. the proceeds of the most recent race series. Because of runners like you, we were able to help an organization in need in our city. Thank you! Stay tuned for future events

We Need You
The Executive Board is looking for new members to join and help shape the direction of our club. We have a few roles opening up, if you are interested please contact myself, stephenrrouleau@gmail.com or a current member of the board.

Awards Dinner
Given the current environment, it’s not feasible for us to hold our annual awards dinner as we usually would. The social team is asking for suggestions on what new awards we could create in place of some of our standard awards that don’t quite fit this year. See Amanda Naro‘s post in the discussion group to leave your suggestions. You just might win a prize if we like your suggestions!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy day!
See you on the roads

Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders

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Weekly Announcements Nov. 25th 2020

Good Afternoon Striders!

I hope that everyone has a safe, happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Congrats to Claire Hathaway-Rube for a new PR this past weekend at the USATF event! Second straight week!
Congrats to the Gate City Women’s Open team on a 4th place finish
Congrats to the GCS Women’s Masters team with a 3rd place finish
Congrats to the GCS Women’s 50+ team with a 3rd place finish

Also at the Junior XC championship:- Youth teams: –
Boys –
2k/U8 1st place –
3k/9-10 yo 1st & 4th
3k/11-12 yo 2nd
4K/13-14 yo 2nd 5th
5k/15-18 yo 3rd, 7th, 9th (3 ran 16:00 or faster)

Girls –
2k/U8 1st & 2nd
3k/9-10 yo 1st (won the tie breaker) & 3rd
3k/11-12 2nd & 3rd
4K/ 13-14 4th
5k/15-18 3rd
Congrats to everyone!

If you or anyone you know has run a PR or a significant race accomplishment, please let me know! stephenrrouleau@gmail.com

Novemberfest:Another successful event as we raised over $3533.33 for the Nashua Children’s Home. Great work by Race Director Bob Thompson and crew!

We need you!
The Executive Board is looking for members to join and help drive the direction of our club. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, currently virtually. Currently looking for competition committee members, Treasurer, Boston bus coordinator, among a few other roles. If you are interested please reach out to me, stephenrrouleau@gmail.com, or contact another current board member http://gatecity.org/executive-board/

Pennichuck Winter Runs
The group runs visiting our dear old friend Deerhaven have begun. Runners of all abilities are welcome, runs start at 6pm stat. Post a message on here if you want to be sure your pace will be there.

Special Olympics Torch Run
Special Olympics of NH cannot hold their torch run like usual, so they’re opening it up to anyone to run virtually. They are working on getting the NH Running clubs to compete against each other. Sign up, run some miles, raise money for a great causehttps://sonh-gear.myshopify.com/collect…/virtual-torch-run

Take care, be safe, and see you on the roads!
Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders

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Weekly Announcements Nov. 18th, 2020

Good Afternoon Striders!

Congrats to Claire Hathaway-Rube for a new PR this past weekend at the USATF event! Jaclyn Hathaway-Rubé
Congrats to all of the other PAL striders and a big thank you to the coaches!
If you or someone you know has run a PR or a significant running accomplishment, please let me know!

We need you!
The Executive Board is looking for members to join and help drive the direction of our club. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, currently virtually. Currently looking for competition committee members, Treasurer, Boston bus coordinator, among a few other roles. If you are interested please reach out to me, stephenrrouleau@gmail.com, or contact another current board member http://gatecity.org/executive-board/

USATF-NE XC Championship Race
TODAY 11/18 IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER USATF NE is in the process of organizing an XC Championship race to be held at Mine Falls/Nashua South High School on Saturday, November 21st. Currently, they are looking to get an estimate of participants from clubs. If you are interested please take a moment to complete the form below (there is additional information about the race/logistics in the form. Contact Christy Kervin if you have any questions https://newengland.usatf.org/…/2020-usatf-new-england…

Novemberfest – This weekend!
Due to Covid-19 the 22nd Annual Novemberfest will be held virtually on Sunday November 22, 2020.This event, hosted by the Gate City Striders, benefits the Nashua Childrens Home, and the wonderful work they do. Novemberfest has always been primarily a social event and a successful Novemberfest has been when we had a standing room only crowd in the bar at Martha’s Exchange. While we can’t gather as usual this year, the Nashua Children’s Home still needs our support. We are still offering some terrific raffle prizes of value greater than your entry fee. Entrants are encouraged to run the 4-mile Novemberfest course anytime before Sunday November 22, 2020 to be included in the race results. http://www.lightboxreg.com/novemberfest_2020

Pennichuck Winter Runs
The group runs visiting our dear old friend Deerhaven have begun. Runners of all abilities are welcome, runs start at 6pm stat. Post a message on here if you want to be sure your pace will be there.

Special Olympics Torch Run
Special Olympics of NH cannot hold their torch run like usual, so they’re opening it up to anyone to run virtually. They are working on getting the NH Running clubs to compete against each other. Sign up, run some miles, raise money for a great cause https://sonh-gear.myshopify.com/collect…/virtual-torch-run

Take care, be safe, and see you on the roads!

Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders

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Weekly Announcements Nov.11th 2020

Good Afternoon Striders!

First off on this Veterans day, I just want to say thank you to all those who have served or are currently serving out great country. A special shoutout to those striders who are also veterans including Alex Inmotion Cabrera, Jocelyn Nokes, Danny Dolan, Andrew Bragg, Stan Klem, Skip Cleaver and Terry Kenney. Thank you!

Lots of great performances this past weekend!
Congrats to Liz Kelly for completing her first half marathon!
Congrats to Carolanne Donovan for finishing her first marathon!
Congrats to Lin Zhang coming in 2nd in her age group this past weekend
Congrats to Tara Roark-Towle for her 3rd place age group in the 5k this past weekend!
Congrats to Michael Ericson for a new half marathon PR
Congrats to Thomas Cantara for a 3rd in age group marathon finish this past weekend!
Congrats to Colin Cook for coming in first amateur at the Ironman Florida event

If you or someone you know has run a significant race accomplishment, please let me know!

We need you!
The Executive Board is looking for members to join and help drive the direction of our club. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, currently virtually. Currently looking for competition committee members, Treasurer, Boston bus coordinator, among a few other roles. If you are interested please reach out to me, stephenrrouleau@gmail.com, or contact another current board member http://gatecity.org/executive-board/

Novemberfest
Due to Covid-19 the 22nd Annual Novemberfest will be held virtually on Sunday November 22, 2020. This event, hosted by the Gate City Striders, benefits the Nashua Childrens Home, and the wonderful work they do. Novemberfest has always been primarily a social event and a successful Novemberfest has been when we had a standing room only crowd in the bar at Martha’s Exchange. While we can’t gather as usual this year, the Nashua Children’s Home still needs our support. We are still offering some terrific raffle prizes of value greater than your entry fee. Entrants are encouraged to run the 4-mile Novemberfest course anytime before Sunday November 22, 2020 to be included in the race results. http://www.lightboxreg.com/novemberfest_2020

USATF-NE XC Championship Race
USATF NE is in the process of organizing an XC Championship race to be held at Mine Falls/Nashua South High School on Saturday, November 21st. Currently, they are looking to get an estimate of participants from clubs. If you are interested please take a moment to complete the form below (there is additional information about the race/logistics in the form. Contact Christy Kervin if you have any questionshttps://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeThEkt0tA4V4…/viewform

Run Free Shirts!
Amy Doyle has opened a small online store thru Mint Printworks for the Run Free in the 603 shirts/hoodies. Go here if you are interested: https://mintprintworks.printavo.com/merch/runfree

Take care, be safe, and see you on the roads!
Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders

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Weekly Announcements Nov.4, 2020

Good Morning Striders!

Hope everyone is doing well!

Congrats to Scott Rogers for finishing his first 50k!
Congrats to Amanda Nicole Walker for a new 10k PR (virtual)!
Congrats to Randy Pierce on finishing his first ultra distance 54k!

We need you!
The Executive Board is looking for members to join and help drive the direction of our club. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, currently virtually. Currently looking for competition committee members, Treasurer, Boston bus coordinator, among a few other roles. If you are interested please reach out to me, stephenrrouleau@gmail.com, or contact another current board member http://gatecity.org/executive-board/

Virtual Speaker Night! – This Coming Monday!
Join us the evening of Monday, November 9th at 6:30PM for a virtual event and learn about how a local Manchester, NH native went from racing track and cross country as a teen to competing nationally and internationally, on the road, in the snow, and on mountaintops! Kasie Enman, a member of Green Mountain Athletic Association (GMAA) living in Huntington, VT is no stranger to competition and only seems to be getting stronger after transitioning from the open to masters division. Learn about how her training has changed over the years along with racing terrain and what has led to her continued success.
Kasie is a mother of two, a business owner, educator, race director, and accomplished athlete. Her running resume includes: 2020 Marathon Trials Athlete (her 3rd trials), 2020 Boston Prep 16 Miler First Female, Vermont City Marathon First Female (x3), podium finisher at the Skyrunning World Series, 2011 USATF National Mountain Running Champion and WMRA World Mountain Running Champion, 2006 U.S. Snowshoe Racing Champion, NCA Division III All-American Cross Country Athlete, and more. We’re excited to host Kasie for a virtual speaker event and look forward to hearing about her training and running!
https://www.facebook.com/events/353600655921032/

NovemberfestDue to Covid-19 the 22nd Annual Novemberfest will be held virtually on Sunday November 22, 2020.This event, hosted by the Gate City Striders, benefits the Nashua Childrens Home, and the wonderful work they do. Novemberfest has always been primarily a social event and a successful Novemberfest has been when we had a standing room only crowd in the bar at Martha’s Exchange. While we can’t gather as usual this year, the Nashua Children’s Home still needs our support. We are still offering some terrific raffle prizes of value greater than your entry fee. Entrants are encouraged to run the 4-mile Novemberfest course anytime before Sunday November 22, 2020 to be included in the race results. http://www.lightboxreg.com/novemberfest_2020

USATF-NE XC Championship RaceUSATF NE is in the process of organizing an XC Championship race to be held at Mine Falls/Nashua South High School on Saturday, November 21st. Currently, they are looking to get an estimate of participants from clubs. If you are interested please take a moment to complete the form below (there is additional information about the race/logistics in the form. Contact Christy Kervin if you have any questionshttps://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeThEkt0tA4V4…/viewform

Run Free Shirts!Amy Mallette Doyle has opened a small online store thru Mint Printworks for the Run Free in the 603 shirts/hoodies. Go here if you are interested: https://mintprintworks.printavo.com/merch/runfree

Take care, be safe, and see you on the roads!
Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders

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Weekly Announcements Oct.21, 2020

Good Morning Striders!

Up early, got the windows open, enjoying the great temps. Hope everyone is doing well!

Congrats to Thomas Cantara on not only his race victory this past weekend, but also a new 5k PR!
Congrats to Melissa Arnold on completing her 100k!
If you or someone you know has run a PR or significant race accomplishment, please let me know!

Executive Board:
The Gate City Strider Executive board is looking for members to join! Help us drive what we as a club do. We’re currently looking for a couple individuals to be on the competition committee, a treasurer, at-large members, and a Boston Bus coordinator. For each, except for the Boston Bus Coordinator, there are monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month along with whatever responsibilities your role will have. If interested, please contact me or another member of the board for more information.

Virtual Speaker Night!
Join us the evening of Monday, November 9th at 6:30PM for a virtual event and learn about how a local Manchester, NH native went from racing track and cross country as a teen to competing nationally and internationally, on the road, in the snow, and on mountaintops! Kasie Enman, a member of Green Mountain Athletic Association (GMAA) living in Huntington, VT is no stranger to competition and only seems to be getting stronger after transitioning from the open to masters division. Learn about how her training has changed over the years along with racing terrain and what has led to her continued success. Kasie is a mother of two, a business owner, educator, race director, and accomplished athlete. Her running resume includes: 2020 Marathon Trials Athlete (her 3rd trials), 2020 Boston Prep 16 Miler First Female, Vermont City Marathon First Female (x3), podium finisher at the Skyrunning World Series, 2011 USATF National Mountain Running Champion and WMRA World Mountain Running Champion, 2006 U.S. Snowshoe Racing Champion, NCA Division III All-American Cross Country Athlete, and more. We’re excited to host Kasie for a virtual speaker event and look forward to hearing about her training and running! https://www.facebook.com/events/353600655921032/

Novemberfest
Due to Covid-19 the 22nd Annual Novemberfest will be held virtually on Sunday November 22, 2020. This event, hosted by the Gate City Striders, benefits the Nashua Childrens Home, and the wonderful work they do. Novemberfest has always been primarily a social event and a successful Novemberfest has been when we had a standing room only crowd in the bar at Martha’s Exchange. While we can’t gather as usual this year, the Nashua Children’s Home still needs our support. We are still offering some terrific raffle prizes of value greater than your entry fee. Entrants are encouraged to run the 4-mile Novemberfest course anytime before Sunday November 22, 2020 to be included in the race results. http://www.lightboxreg.com/novemberfest_2020

Take care, be safe, and see you on the roads!
Stephen Rouleau
President
Gate City Striders